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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 13-07-22

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

TURKISH CYPRIOT AND TURKISH MEDIA REVIEW No. 136/13 20-22/07/2013

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Atalay: Gas feud may raise Cyprus partition option; Eroglu reiterated that there are "two states" in Cyprus
  • [02] Support to "TRNC" from foreign delegations
  • [03] Eroglu: Natural wealth belongs to both communities; Erk: We haven't lost our hopes for Cyprus settlement
  • [04] Gul and Erdogan sent messages for the celebrations of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus
  • [05] Cicek describes the economic crisis in the government-controlled area of Cyprus as opportunity in favor of the breakaway regime
  • [06] CHP leader: Turkey gained prestige with the 1974 invasion to Cyprus
  • [07] Siber: "The only thing that Turkish Cypriots want is to become a recognized country in the international law"
  • [08] Demonstration against Turkish occupation in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [09] Atalay says Turkey expects stability in occupied Cyprus after the "elections" and repetition of the "momentum" achieved in 2010-2011
  • [10] A cooperation protocol signed between TRT-"BRT"
  • [11] Environmentalists protested for the oil leak in occupied Gastria
  • [12] Quran lessons are given at the collapsing church of occupied Mousoulita
  • [13] Opinion polls show that AKP's support drop after Gezi rallies

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Atalay: Gas feud may raise Cyprus partition option; Eroglu reiterated that there are "two states" in Cyprus

    Under the title "Turkish deputy PM: Gas feud may raise Cyprus partition option", Turkish daily Today's Zaman (online, 20.07.13) reported that Turkey's deputy Prime Minister has said Cyprus' formal partition may come up as an option in renewed talks to reunify the ethnically divided island if Greek Cypriots don't share newfound gas deposits with Turkish Cypriots.

    Beir Atalay was speaking Saturday at celebrations marking Turkey's 1974 invasion of Cyprus that followed a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

    On the same issue, news portal World Bulletin (online, 20.07.13) reported that Atalay, speaking at the 39th anniversary of Turkey's invasion to Cyprus, said "Turkey and TRNC [editor's note: breakaway regime in the occupied part of Cyprus] have put effort sincerely for just and sustainable peace on the island until now. To believe that Turks would accept living in minority status, is a vain hope."

    Claiming that the solution would be reached within the scope of the reportedly realities of the island, Atalay added that, therefore nobody should expect Turkish Cypriots to give up their political equality.

    Atalay alleged that it was the Greek Cypriot side's negative position which stalled the Cyprus talks, adding that inaction of Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades has vanished hopes for solution.

    "Greek Cypriot side should focus on negotiations, instead of leaving the table," said Atalay, and continued, "If they insist on using the sources in the south unilaterally, two-state solution may also prevail."

    Eroglu, speaking also at the celebrations, called on the Greek Cypriots to be aware of the realities and sit on the negotiation table. He claimed: "There are two different states with two religions, languages and nations," and declared that Turkish Cypriots would go on administrating themselves after a solution was found.

    Eroglu said "nobody had the right to bring restrictions to one another's air and sea ports, right to travel with its state's passport or identity, and blamed the UN and EU of not having adequate will to solve the problem".

    [02] Support to "TRNC" from foreign delegations

    Turkish Cypriot press (20.07.13) reported on the contacts that a number of foreign delegations and dignitaries carrying out in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus within the framework of the "celebrations" of the 39th anniversary of Turkey's invasion of Cyprus.

    Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, the self-styled speaker of the assembly Hasan Bozer, self-styled prime minister Sibel Siber had separate meetings with foreign delegations.

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan (20.07.13), Eroglu met yesterday with former US congressman Michael McMohan and Jasn Epstein, supporter of the Turkish community in the USA. McMohan and Epstein said that it is their honour to be in the "TRNC".

    Later Eroglu had a meeting with a group of foreign representatives headed by Lord Magginis from the British House of Lords. The delegation also included representatives from Azerbaijan, Pakistan and "Kosovo".

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (20.07.13) reported that Lord Maginnis, during his meeting with Siber, said that it was a high time a settlement is reached in Cyprus and that they were ready to support all efforts. He also stressed that they are in the island as persons, who support the "TRNC" and that they wish, after 40 years, to see the "TRNC" be recognized by the international community.

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes (20.07.13) reported that during a meeting with Bozer, Azeri Deputy Ceyhun Osmali said that they follow very close the developments on the natural gas and oil.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (20.07.13) reported that self-styled minister of economy and energy Atay Ahmet Rasit met with "Kosovos'" deputy minister of industry and trade" Cuneyd Ustaibo and "deputy minister of local administrations" Rifat Krasnic. Ustaibo said that they want to continue the trade relations between "Kosovo" and the breakaway regime.

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (21.07.13) reported that Eroglu met with Mustafa Abdulcemil Kirimoglu, Chairman of the Crimean Tatar assembly and a member of the Ukrainian Parliament.

    During the meeting, Kirimoglu said that "TRNC" is an important part of the Turkish world, adding that the fights of the Turkish Cypriot for freedom are similar to the fights of Crimean Turks.

    [03] Eroglu: Natural wealth belongs to both communities; Erk: We haven't lost our hopes for Cyprus settlement

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 19.07.13), a conference titled "Cyprus in terms of strategic resources" organized jointly by the illegal Near East University (YDU) and the Turkish Journalists' Association was held on Friday.

    Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, addressing the conference, drew attention to the importance of discussing the issues of water and energy resources on the eve of the 39th anniversary of Turkey's invasion of Cyprus.

    Pointing out that he had dreamt of bringing water to Cyprus from motherland Turkey since his first day in politics, Erolu said that this dream will come true in the March of 2014. Noting that the water to arrive from Turkey will be just as important for the Greek Cypriots as it will be for the Turkish Cypriots, he added: "This water could be shared with South Cyprus [editor's note: government controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus."]

    Touching upon the importance of hydrocarbons discovered in the Mediterranean, Erolu said that any resources to be discovered in the area belonged to both the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots. He added that the Turkish side had made two proposals regarding the natural gas, the first for all revenues to be collected in a fund to be used as and when a solution is reached and for the gas to be discovered to be transported to Europe via Turkey. Eroglu said that the Greek Cypriot side had rejected both proposals due to Greek Cypriot reportedly fears of becoming dependent on Turkey.

    Meanwhile, "BRT" (online, 19.07.13) broadcast that self-styled foreign minister Kutlay Erk briefed foreign journalists and politicians who are in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus to attend the "celebrations" of the 20th of July Turkey's invasion to Cyprus.

    Erk said that the Cyprus Turkish side supported a federal settlement in Cyprus on the basis of UN parameters. Briefing the foreign journalists and politicians, Erk claimed that the Cyprus problem was a 50 year old dispute where efforts to reach a solution were still continuing.

    Pointing out that the Cyprus problem had gone through numerous phases since 1963, Erk said that the current negotiations were aimed at reaching a just and lasting solution that will create an island of peace.

    Claiming that despite the Cyprus Turkish side's will in favour of a settlement, the Cyprus talks had yet to yield a positive result, Erk said: "Nevertheless we still haven't lost our hope for a settlement. It is our greatest hope that negotiations between Erolu and Anastasiades will commence as soon as possible."

    [04] Gul and Erdogan sent messages for the celebrations of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (21.07.13) reports that Turkish President Abdullah Gul and the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent messages for the celebrations of the 39th anniversary of the Turkish Invasion to Cyprus.

    In his message, Gul said that the solution to Cyprus problem will increase cooperation, security and prosperity in the whole Mediterranean region, adding that "motherland" Turkey will be at the Turkish Cypriots' side under any conditions. He went on and said that the Turkish Cypriots must not be withdrawn from their "legitimized rights" and that Turkey's support for the efforts of Turkish Cypriot side for a solution to Cyprus problem, will continue. He went on and alleged that Turkey's "effective and active guarantees" in Cyprus will be an essential element for safeguarding peace and stability.

    On his part, Erdogan stated that Turkey will remain committed to doing its part with determination, for the prosperity and the peace of the Turkish Cypriots. He also said that Turkey will continue to support the development and strengthening of the breakaway regime in the framework of Turkey's "effective and active guarantees" in Cyprus, as he alleged.

    [05] Cicek describes the economic crisis in the government-controlled area of Cyprus as opportunity in favor of the breakaway regime

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (21.07.13) reports that Cemil Cicek, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), has compared the Cyprus problem to football and alleged that the "TRNC", breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus, has been given the opportunity of a "penalty" in this period during which "south Cyprus", as he described the government-controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus, is facing economic problems. Cicek said that the breakaway regime should turn this "penalty" into a goal.

    Cicek visited the occupied area of Cyprus within the framework of the celebrations for the 39th anniversary from the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

    In statements during his meeting with Hasan Bozer, self-styled speaker of the regime's "assembly", Cicek wished for the "parliamentary elections" which will be held in the occupied area of Cyprus on 28 July to bring tranquillity and stability "to the country and the Turkish Cypriot people". Turkey's self-styled ambassador to Nicosia, Halil Ibrahim Akca and the chairman of TGNA's Friendship Group with the "TRNC", Faruk Oz accompanied Cicek during this visit.

    Cicek argued that the "TRNC was not gained very easily" and alleged that it is the biggest gain of this 39 years. He claimed that now it functions very well with all its organs and the issue is to make this "state" function more actively and effectively.

    Cicek said: "Elections will be held next week. We wish for these elections to bring peace and tranquillity to our brothers. It is an important opportunity. While the south is dealing with its own problems, a penalty is given in favor of the TRNC. It should not been kicked outside. The responsibility for this belongs to us, the politicians. Both in Turkey and here the legal framework of many efforts should be drawn. Primarily, issues regarding the Immovable Property Commission exist, other reforms exist. The Cyprus issue exists?"

    Referring to the importance of Cyprus in the area and to the hydrocarbon resources, Cicek argued: "The importance of Cyprus is increasing every day that passes, because of the political developments which happen in the area. There is underground and above the ground wealth around Cyprus. The Turkish side will never accept a fait accompli on this issue. Everybody has a right on whatever exists here. The north has also a right. Whatever happens should be within the framework of justice. Turkey is already holding the necessary contacts and efforts and it is showing the necessary reaction".

    Arguing that Turks want a lasting peace in Cyprus, Cicek alleged: "?It is clear how lasting peace will be. The Turks are not a minority here. These issues should be continued in equality. Two separate states, two separate peoples and two separate democracies exist and peace will be lasting if it is established upon these foundations? Our brothers here will not return once more to the pre-1974 period, this is not right. It is also not in harmony to justice. However, while the negotiations continue, we should continue our way together here. We are the ones that will do our job, no one else? We must use time well?"

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] CHP leader: Turkey gained prestige with the 1974 invasion to Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (21.07.13) reports that Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chairman of the main opposition party in Turkey, the Republican People's Party (CTP) stated that Turkey gained prestige with the invasion in Cyprus in 1974.

    Kilicdaroglu who issued this message to CHP's MPs Murat Karayalcin and Sakine Oz who represented the party in the celebrations in the breakaway regime, alleged that "Turkey's invasion was the most eminent sample of how and when Turkey's power was used". He also alleged that with the invasion Turkey gained prestige and also protected the Turkish Cypriots.

    On his part, Murat Karayalcin, stated that the will for solution has been reduced between the Turkish Cypriots in Cyprus. Karayalcin who illegally visited occupied Cyprus representing CHP in the invasion celebrations, made these statements in a meeting he held with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu. He stated that is Turkey's duty to increase the interest regarding the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    [07] Siber: "The only thing that Turkish Cypriots want is to become a recognized country in the international law"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (21.07.13) reports that Sibel Siber, self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, has alleged that the Turkish Cypriots are living freely now and that the only thing they want is to "become a recognized country by the international law".

    In statements on Saturday during a meeting with Cemil Cicek, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Siber said that "Turkey, which as the only country that recognizes the TRNC and is in the position of being the only bridge of the Turks of Cyprus with the world, supports the Turks of Cyprus financially and morally".

    She alleged that Turkey's military intervention held in 1974, as a result of allegedly Turkey using its right as guarantor power, guaranteed the properties, freedom and future of the Turkish Cypriots.

    She argued: "The Turks of Cyprus, who live freely now, want only one thing: To become a recognized country in the international law. To be represented with their institutional existence in sports and cultural activities. We believe that this is a right of the Turks of Cyprus".

    She also reiterated the Turkish allegation that the international community has not fulfilled many promises given to the Turkish Cypriots.

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] Demonstration against Turkish occupation in the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (21.07.13) reports that a demonstration against the coup carried out in Cyprus on 15 July 1974 and the Turkish invasion and occupation of the island on the 20th of July of the same year was organized on Saturday in the occupied part of Nicosia by the Communist Labor Movement. The protestors marched holding torches. The protest ended outside the self-styled embassy of Turkey to the occupied area of Nicosia. In a statement read out during the protest, they asked "occupier state of the Republic Turkey to go away from Cyprus". According to the paper, this is the first time that such a demonstration is organized in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    (I/Ts.)

    [09] Atalay says Turkey expects stability in occupied Cyprus after the "elections" and repetition of the "momentum" achieved in 2010-2011

    Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (21.07.13) reports that Besir Atalay, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Cyprus, has argued that the breakaway regime had developed with the economic program implemented for the past three years and added that "the TRNC developed economically from every aspect", in a period during which "the economic crisis which influenced some European countries mortgaged the future of these countries".

    In statements during his illegal visit to the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus within the framework of the celebrations for the 39th anniversary from the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island, Atalay said that the private sector is strengthened and investments increase in occupied Cyprus. He added that the businessmen dealing with the tourism sector are also pleased and the number of students in education increased by eight thousands.

    He noted, inter alia, the following: "Unfortunately, during the last year political developments, which we did not wish, happened and delayed actions which should have been done. Our expectation is for the repetition of the momentum reached in 2010-2011 after the elections".

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (22.07.13) reports that referring to the above-mentioned statement made by Atalay, Irsen Kucuk, chairman of the National Unity Party (UBP), argued yesterday that 2010 and 2011 are years during which his party was "ruling" and added: "Therefore he has also recognized our successes and noted that they want them to continue". He said that UBP is the political organization of the TMT [Translator's note: terrorist "Turkish Resistance Organization" established in the 1950'] and alleged that "people" should vote for the UBP in order to continue its struggle and the good relations with the "motherland".

    (I/Ts.)

    [10] A cooperation protocol signed between TRT-"BRT"

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 20.07.13), a protocol has been signed between illegal Bayrak Radio Television Corporation and the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation TRT. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beir Atalay, the General Director of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation 0brahim ^ahin and "BRTK director" Mete T?merkan put their signatures on the protocol which foresees important developments taking place at "Bayrak radio television corporation".

    Making a statement before the signing protocol the T?merkan noted the importance of the protocol for the corporation and said that he was proud to say that with the signing of this protocol the "BRT" will be changed 100% and will reach the place it deserves.

    The General Director of the TRT Ibrahim ^ahin also made a short speech by noting the importance of a new studio for the corporation. He said that the "Turkish embassy" in the occupied part of Lefkosia will be financing the building of the new studio for the "BRT" while refurbishing another. He also gave the news that "BRT employees" will be able to receive training at the TRT in Turkey.

    In line with the protocol, the "Turkish embassy" in the occupied part of Lefkosia will provide 2 million Euros to the "BRT" to build a 300 square meters studio which will contain the latest technology including 6 cameras and an area for audiences. As part of the protocol, the "BRTK 2" studio will be renewed and working conditions of employees will be improved. The TRT will also provide information to the "corporation", on the job training for its employees and support on issues pertaining to royalties.

    The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beir Atalay for his part expressed the hope that the protocol will be beneficial to all and added that Turkey was very proud of the TRT.

    [11] Environmentalists protested for the oil leak in occupied Gastria

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (22.07.13) reports that so-called North Cyprus Environment Platform protested yesterday against AKSA Energy Company for the environmental disaster happened because of the recent leak of oil in the area of occupied Gastria village. Around 400 protesters held their two-hour-demonstration at occupied Gastria's coast.

    The self-styled minister of tourism, environment and culture, Mehmet Harmanci visited the protesters in order to listen to their demands. He said that the quantity of oil leaked into the sea will be established with "sensitive measurements". He noted that the damage was big and that after the first reports "penal procedures" will be launched.

    (I/Ts.)

    [12] Quran lessons are given at the collapsing church of occupied Mousoulita

    Under the title "Quran lessons at the church!", Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (22.07.13) reports that Quran lessons are given at the church of occupied Mousoulita village which is almost collapsed.

    According to the paper, the lesson are given by teachers and Honjas from Turkey at the church of the village since there is no mosque in Mousoulita.

    The paper writes that the children who follow the lessons are in danger because of the church's condition.

    [13] Opinion polls show that AKP's support drop after Gezi rallies

    Under the title "Support to AKP drops after Gezi rallies, say poll", Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 20.07.13) reported that the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) votes have decreased 6% since 2012 while the opposition parties increased their votes, according to a recent survey conducted after the Gezi Park protests.

    The AKP would have 44.1% of votes if elections were held today, according to Sonar Research Company's recent survey, which means that the party lost 6% of its support compared to the same company's survey taken in February 2012, which predicted 53.2% of votes for the party.

    The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) would get 28.2% of votes, while the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) would receive 16.3% votes if elections were held today, according to Sonar's survey, conducted between July 8 and 16 with 3,000 respondents across the country.

    The AKP got 49.8% votes in the general elections June 12, 2011. Hakan Bayrak?1, CEO of SONAR, said the Gezi Park protests across the country had an influence on the decrease of the ruling party's votes.

    "It is safe to link the results to the Gezi Park incident, which was like the straw that broke the camel's back. A great deal of the drifting support might be permanent. My assessment is that they had come to AKP mainly from centre right or other right-wing parties and are now going back. I can say the reaction is not against the AKP, but Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan's stance regarding the Gezi protests in particular. On the other hand, the Gezi protests further consolidated the conservative voter support for the AKP," Bayrak?1 told the H?rriyet Daily News on July 19.

    The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) came in fourth with 6.4% of votes, while both the Felicity (Saadet) Party and the Turkey Workers' Party (T0P) got 2%.

    Sonar surveys showed that the CHP lost votes in 2012 but then regained its position this year. The MHP, however, has been steadily increasing its share of the vote since 2010.

    Sonar's prediction of the 2011 general elections results was the most accurate one, as it predicted that the AKP would receive 50.9% of the vote, and it actually got 49.8%.

    Moreover, Turkish daily Today's Zaman (online, 19.07.13), under the title "Poll: Majority of Turks don't approve of gov't stance on Gezi protests", reported that a poll conducted by the Konsensus Research and Consultancy Company has revealed that 61.4% of the Turkish public do not approve of the government's stance on the Gezi protests, which erupted in late May over a plan to demolish Gezi Park in 0stanbul's famed Taksim Square.

    The poll was conducted to determine the Turkish public's attitudes on certain domestic issues that have topped the nation's agenda over the last few months.

    Asked whether they support the protests, 54% of respondents said "yes," while the remaining 46% said they don't support the protests. In response to another question -- "Why did the Gezi Park protests turn violent?" -- 36.7% cited Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan's tough rhetoric as the reason, while 22.1% cited disproportionate force used by police to intervene in protests. A further 21.3% said the protests turned violent because of marginal groups who provoked the demonstrators. Opposition leader Kemal K1l1?darolu's visit to Taksim and protesters' violent acts were also cited as the main reason why the protests turned violent.

    In response to a question on whether they approve of the government's stance on the Gezi Park incidents, 61.4% said they don't approve of it, while the remaining 38.6% said they do. The use of tear gas during the protests has also been criticized severely by many. The Konsensus poll revealed that 71.5% of respondents don't approve of the use of tear gas in demonstrations.

    Furthermore, Turkish daily Milliyet (15.07.13) published an opinion poll summarizes voter preferences for 2014 local elections in Turkey. According to the paper, the results of a public opinion poll conducted by the Objective Research Centre [ORC] in July 2013 on the local elections [to be held in March 2014] have been released. The results of the survey, which was conducted in 81 provinces, rank the AKP [Justice and Development Party] first with 41.5% of the vote. The CHP [Republican People's Party] ranks second with 33.0% of the vote, followed by the MHP [Nationalist Action Party] with 15.9% of the vote. The BDP [Peace and Democracy Party] is ranked fourth with 5.6% of the vote. The survey was conducted with face to face interviews with 63,750 respondents in 81 provinces. The margin of error in this survey has been computed as plus or minus 1.5% with a confidence of level of 0.95. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

    http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio


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